Book Reviews, Debut Author Challenge

Debut Author Challenge: Something Real

SomethingTitle: Something Real
Author: Heather Demetrios
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Publication Information: Henry Holt BYR, 2014
Age Recommendation: Middle School & High School

There’s nothing real about reality TV.

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

(Summary from Goodreads.)

This book unexpectedly hit me in the feels. I went from laughing to cheering to screaming to crying with alarming speed the entire book, and would’ve been completely fine if it had been longer.

I really, really felt bad for Chloe (NOT Bonnie). All she wants is to have a life that isn’t scripted by producers to be as dramatic as possible, to be able to hang out with her friends or go to school without being stalked by paparazzi, and to have the space to figure out who she really is. This is a theme a lot of people can identify with, even though most of us will never be on a reality TV show.

I absolutely loved Patrick. He was so sweet and supportive, not to mention his exchanges with Chloe made me laugh out loud a few times. I was glad Chloe had him to help keep her grounded throughout the book.

Benny was another character I loved. The fact that he was gay played a huge part in the book, but it wasn’t his defining character trait. He was Chloe’s protective older brother and also her best friend, the only person who really gets her. His boyfriend, Matt, was also super sweet and adorable, and I spent the whole book cheering them on as they tried to figure out how they could stay together without it being Breaking News.

This would be a good book to read if you’ve already read all of John Green’s books and don’t know where to go next.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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